by Superior Telegram
June 16, 2010 at 5:33 am in Superior Telegram
The American Medical Association (AMA) wants e-cigarettes regulated like other drug delivery devices. The doctor’s group adopted that policy this week at a meeting in Chicago.
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The AMA is using a report made by the FDA that was shown to be flawed and grossly unscientific.
The vaporizing agent in electronic cigarettes is NOT ethylene glycol (antifreeze). That was found as a contaminant in one cartridge by the FDA in a brand made in China (which has problems keeping poison out of lots of products that people ingest).
The vaporizing agent in electronic cigarettes is propylene glycol, the same thing used in cake mixes, and many other foods and as a carrier for IV medications and in inhalers. That compound has been on the Generally Recognized As Safe list for decades. You inhale it every time you go to a concert or a bar with a theatrical smoke machine.
Nicotine does indeed cause a restriction in blood vessels but the harm, if any, done by nicotine is inconsequential to that done by tobacco smoke with its tar and over 4000 chemicals. If you want to take electronic cigarettes off the market, make cigarettes illegal too! Until then, do not take away from people the one product they have been able to use to stay away from smoking tobacco cigarettes.
My mother has not touched a cigarette since she switched to her electronic cigarette that she got from CleanGreenNicotine.com and she had tried every other method to quit over the years. Many of them had unpleasant side effects and none of them were effective. The electronic cigarette just worked!
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E-cigarettes are marketed as an alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke. Two studies have been published that looked at how the products are being used. http://www.biomedcentral.com/imedia/1440477701319135_article.pdf?random=19859
Only 4% of users are still smoking the same amount. About 17% use them to cut back on smoking, and the overwhelming majority of consumers (79%) are using them as a complete replacement for inhaling tobacco smoke. If that amounts to a “scam”, then how would Dr. Miller characterize the FDA-approved nicotine products that have only a 7-10% success rate?
It is unclear why Dr. Miller believes that using the product on an airplace would be disasterous. Doesn’t he know that the products do not emit any smoke? Health New Zealand has studied the contents of the liquid and the vapor and pronounced the vapor “harmless, inhaled or exhaled.” http://www.healthnz.co.nz/ECigsExhaledSmoke.htm
After 45 years of smoking and trying all the products doctors recommend, without success, I am finally smoke free thanks to the electronic cigarette. I have not smoked tobacco cigarettes since March 27, 2009. I’m no longer kept awake at night by wheezing and I have lost the “productive cough”. According to the studies mentioned above, over 90% of e-cigarette users are experiencing improved health. Why the AMA is so dead-set against smokers being able to save their health and their lives is beyond my understanding.
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